Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper
Pots of 'Butch T' peppers
The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper is a chili pepper that was formerly the most piquant pepper. It has been since replaced by the 'Carolina Reaper'. The pepper is a Capsicum chinense cultivar, derived from the Trinidad moruga scorpion, which is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. It is named after Butch Taylor, the owner of Zydeco Farms in Woodville/Crosby, Mississippi, and a hot sauce company, who is responsible for propagating the pepper's seeds. The "scorpion" peppers are referred to as such because the pointed end of the pepper is said to resemble a scorpion's stinger.
The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' cultivar was, for a short time, ranked as the most pungent ("hot") pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records in 2011. A laboratory test conducted in March 2011 measured a specimen at 1,463,700 Scoville heat units, officially ranking it the hottest pepper in the world at that time. The pungency of a species of chili pepper can vary by up to a factor of 10 depending on the conditions under which the specimen grew. The secret to the heat, according to the creators, is fertilizing the soil with liquid runoff of a worm farm.
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